Ocean Sunfish

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Ocean Sunfish
Ocean Sunfish NH.png
Real-world info
Name: Mola mola
(common ocean sunfish)

Family: Molidae (ocean sunfishes)
Main appearances
Other appearances
Name in other languages

Japanese マンボウ
Korean 개복치
Italian Pesce luna
German Mondfisch

Simplified Chinese 翻车鱼
French Lune de mer
Spanish Pez luna
Dutch Klompvis

Traditional Chinese 翻車魚
Quebec French Poisson-lune
Latin American Spanish Pez luna
Russian Луна-рыба

The Ocean Sunfish[nb 1] is a fish in the Animal Crossing series introduced in Animal Crossing: Wild World. It appears during the summer months, and it is the least valuable member of the shark family, selling for 4,000 Bells. Its shadow, like all other members of the shark family, is either large or huge and has a fin protruding from the sea.

Catch details[edit]

In Wild World[edit]


Ocean Sunfish
"I caught an ocean sunfish! Don't look directly at it!♪"

Description A relative of the blowfish, they have caudal fins at birth, but as they grow the fins vanish.
Times Jun – Sep: 4 AM – 9 PM
Peak Times
Location Sea
Shadow Size Huge (with fin)
Fish Size 300 cm
Selling Prices 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 4,000 Bells
Tank Size 2.0 x 2.0

In City Folk[edit]


Ocean Sunfish
"I caught an ocean sunfish! I'm feeling pretty sunny now!♪"

Description Comical and cute at the same time, these are poor swimmers and eaters.
Times Jun – Sep: 4 AM – 9 PM
Peak Times
Location Sea
Shadow Size Large
Fish Size About 120 inches (300 cm)
Selling Prices 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 4,000 Bells
Tank Size 2.0 x 2.0

In New Leaf[edit]


Ocean Sunfish
"I caught an ocean sunfish! My day is brighter already!"

Times Jun – Sep: 4 AM – 9 PM
Peak Times
Location Sea (including Tortimer Island)
Shadow Size Huge (with fin)
Fish Size 300cm
Selling Price 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 4,000 Bells
Tank Size 2.0 x 2.0

In Pocket Camp[edit]


Ocean Sunfish

Event Availability Ocean Sunfish Goals
Location Saltwater Shores
Shadow Size Huge With Fin
Fish Size 252.2 cm – 349.0 cm
Rarity ★★★
Catch Rate 3.4692%
Selling Price 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 4,000 Bells
Request Reward 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 1,500 Bells, 3 Heart PC Icon.png Friendship Points
Fortune Cookie (20%), Bronze Treats (30%)

In New Horizons[edit]


Ocean Sunfish
"I caught an ocean sunfish! Good thing I'm wearing ocean sunscreen!"

Time of Year North: Jul – Sep
South: Jan – Mar
Time of Day 4 AM – 9 PM
Location Sea
Shadow Size Large w/Fin
Total Catch 20
Selling Prices Nook's Cranny NH Map Icon.png Nook's Cranny99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 4000 Bells
C.J. NH Character Icon.png C.J.99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 6000 Bells
Tank Size 2.0 x 2.0

Donating to the museum[edit]

Upon donation to the museum, Blathers will say the following:

In Wild World[edit]

"I understand that ocean sunfish are edible, but... I've also heard that unless it's incredibly fresh, it tastes rather foul. As such, it's usually only eaten where it's caught!"

The ocean sunfish will be found in the second room in the sea tank.

In City Folk[edit]

"...The ocean sunfish, it turns out, is related to the blowfish! Shocking, no? Absolutely mind-boggly! The resemblance is quite strong in its little mouth and round body... Seems rather blowfishy to me! ...There's something almost therapeutic about watching its slow, dull movements and vacant expression."

It can be found in the tank at the back of the aquarium, with other sea fish.

In New Leaf[edit]

An information board in the aquarium displays a description of the ocean sunfish:

"Ocean Sunfish are a relative of blowfish that can reach up to two tons in weight. Lacking a tail fin, they cannot swim particularly quickly, which is an odd bit of anatomical detriment. The number of eggs they can lay is the most in the world at over 300 million. However, out of that 300 million, only one or two fish will ultimately survive. Ocean sunfish sometimes like to bob up and down on the surface of the ocean. This gives them the appearance they're sunbathing, which helps to make them a popular breed of fish."

In New Horizons[edit]

When donating to the museum, Blathers will say the following:

"The ocean sunfish is a large relative of the blowfish with an unusual shape, like a fish head with a tail. They are a fairly relaxed species, often content to ride where the currents take them. This is fortunate as, otherwise, the sight of a large head coming toward you might be alarming!" The Ocean Sunfish is found in the second exihbit, with the Horse Mackerel, the Anchovy, the Whale Shark and the Great White.


Real-world information[edit]

A real ocean sunfish

The ocean sunfish, mola mola, is a tropical fish related to the puffer fish. It's the largest known bony fish, at up to 3.3m long and 4.2m tall, and weighing over 2 metric tons. When resting they will lay down on their side just below the ocean's surface in the sun, which is where they get their name. This behavior is believed to warm them, as prolonged exposure to waters below 12 °C (54 °F) can disorientate or even kill them.

Despite being classified as a bony fish, they have a skeleton largely comprised of cartilage, due to the sizes they reach. Like some other toothless bony fish, it has pharyngeal teeth, or teeth in its throat. Traditionally believed to feed primarily on jellyfish, they are now known to be generalist predators, also eating fish larvae, squid, crustaceans, and even eelgrass. Ocean sunfish are often victims of skin parasites, and they will invite small fish and even birds to clean their skin.

Names in other languages[edit]

Japanese マンボウ
Ocean sunfish, often translated as "circle fish" (actual etymology unclear)

Korean 개복치
Ocean sunfish

Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
翻车鱼 / 翻車魚
Ocean sunfish, lit. "overturned car/wheel fish" after its basking behavior

Russian Луна-рыба
Lit "moon fish"

Dutch Klompvis Lit. "clogs fish"

German Mondfisch Lit. "moon fish"

European Spanish Pez luna Lit. "moon fish"

European French Lune de mer Sea moon

Quebec French Poisson-lune Lit. "moon fish"

Italian Pesce luna Lit. "moon fish"


  1. Japanese: マンボウ Hepburn: Manbō